Keep Your Vision to Yourself

25 Jan

If you do things differently, it’s best to keep your vision to yourself.

Whether you’re a filmmaker or a table maker, most people will not understand what you’re up to until they can actually see it.  So when you share your new idea, they’re perplexed, skeptical, and often speechless, leaving you insecure and doubtful.

Protect your vision; share it only with those you must, and only with those who have the imagination, wisdom, and grace to see and encourage you.

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7 Responses to “Keep Your Vision to Yourself”

  1. Rae February 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    amen :)

  2. Chuck norton January 25, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Chris, this is super wise! I honestly have learned this little by little but never really said outloud or put into serious practice. Your so right though!

  3. Jim January 25, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    I think you have a valid point, but the most important part of what you wrote is share “only with those who have the imagination, wisdom, and grace to see and encourage you.”

    Finding and cultivating THOSE people is one of the most important aspects of creative work, in my opinion. I’ve been working on the edit of a (short) film I shot some months ago and my process has been to arrive at a version, make a dvd and visit a filmmaker friend for their feedback. I incorporate that (to the extent that it makes sense for me and my story) and then I repeat with another filmmaker/friend. It’s been a fabulous trip and I’m thrilled with the result which, honestly, I don’t think I could have gotten to so well or so quickly any other way.

    My other thought about your post (and I do not think this is what you meant!) is the commonplace secretiveness about my “cool idea” based on fear that somehow I will be ripped off. I’m sure that is not what you meant, but the title invoked that thought for me.

    • Christopher January 25, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      Sounds like you’re well underway to having a really good short, Jim. Godspeed.

      And, yes, I definitely was not addressing the issue of keeping an idea secret. In fact, I spread my ideas all over the place LOL

  4. redplace January 25, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Wise words

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